New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Shoppers rush for last gifts
By Ron Maloney
There’s a very special kind of last-minute holiday shopper everyone knows — but almost no one will admit to being.
It’s that guy or gal who condenses the agony of gift shopping into just one frenzied morning: Christmas Day.
These folks can be found in the small appliance aisle of the grocery store or maybe at the gift shop in the truck stop out on Interstate 35. But for the down-and-dirty, last minute holiday dash, those in the know realize theres just no place like Walgreens.
A small department store with a quick food section
and a pharmacy, Walgreens has it all — including wrapping paper or, for those in a real hurry, drawstring gift bags.
You can buy a tin wall clock with pictures of Lionel trains around the face that whistles on the hour in a way a train nut just can’t go through life without.
Or, for a more practical
gift, there’s the curtain steamer. If it really isn’t the only day you or yours have walked the aisles, maybe a foot massager would be just the thing.
Of course, no one really waits until the last day, and they aren’t in Walgreens because they forgot to buy
See SHOPPERS, Page 8A
Lori Bowen, left, and her mother Linda Williams do some last minute shopping Christmas morning at Walgreens.Tour of Faith
Another church is profiled in our weekly series of churches in Comal County.
By Ron Maloney
Not everyone was home for Christmas.
About a dozen semi rigs and a smattering of cars was parked on the lot at the TA Travel Center north of town Saturday.
In the restaurant of the place formerly called Rip Griffin’s, Sandra Sanchez was working her first Christmas — ever.
"No, most places are closed for Christmas,’’ she said. " This is the first one I’ve worked that is open. I don’t mind.”
See WORKERS, Page 3A
Not all workers home for Christmas
Photos by DAVID INGRAtVTHerald Zeitung
Louise Hay, right, checks her email while husband, John, looks on in their RV parked at Hill Country RV Resort.The two, who live in New Braunfels from October to April, use the Internet and instant messaging to keep up with family and friends.Thursday last day for income tax deduction
By Ron Maloney
Property owners wilt) wish to write off their tax payments due next month on this year’s income tax return need to visit the tax office no later than Thursday.
Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause said his office would he closed Dec. 31 along with all other county offices.
In order to take the j DID YOU KNOW? income tax deduc- I * Taxpayers lion tor property tax- j es on their 2004 tax I returns, tax payers I must pay the tax by j Dec. 31, Krause said. I
"My concent is that j a lot of people want j to pay their taxes by I Dec. 31 so they can write them off on their 2004 income tax returns,” Krause said. “We’re closed the 31st, so they’ll have to come in before that.”
As an alternative, Krause said, taxpayers could mail them Friday — and claim them on their 2004 returns as long as the payment is postmarked Dec. 31.
The Tax Assessor/Collector’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Krause said 2004 property taxes are due before Jan. 31,2005.
must pay their property tax before Dec. 31 in order to take the income tax deduction for property taxes.
RY travelers spend Christmas holiday in sun
By Scott Mahon
Louise and John Hay don’t spend Christmas with their grown children and grandchildren anymore, a fact that irritates their daughter, Kathy, in Maryland.
" They worry about us,” said the retired couple, who’ve spent Christmas in New Braunfels every year since they became lull time RV’ers IO years ago.
"But it’s too cold up north, so I told her if shes so worried about us, send us money!” Louise laughed.
The I lays retired and sold their home in Kansas in 1991.
They left North Dakota in 1953.
It was (jne degree below 0 in Largo at noon Thursday,
But it was sunny Thursday at the I fill Country RV Resort, where the I lays spend six months out of the year iii their 37-foot Pace Arrow motor home.
“We laugh and Ceil! them homeless people!" said their daughter Kathy from Annapolis, Md. “They’re like vagabonds, but they're having a lot of fun! In fact, they’re having more fun than we are, and I think their lifestyle is great.”
Inside the Hays motor home Thursday, Louise had a 2-foot “Charlie Brown’’ Christmas tree
Marlene and Eldon Petersen, who spend seven months of the year in Sartell, Minn., will spend their Christmas in their RV parked at Hill Country RV Resort.The Petersens will live in New Braunfels from November to April.
with a handful of gifts under the tree.
“ The tree's so small it looks like the gifts are bigger than they really are,” said louise while she sat at her computer emailing her children.
litter, at the clubhouse, the I lays sat around a table with other RV’ers.
“We’re like one big extended family," Louise said.
“New Braunfels is a nice community,” said Marie Anderson, who, with her husband, Del, has been a full-time RV’er since 1998. "And the people in New Braunfels make us feel welcome.”
T he Andersons left Wisconsin in 1993.
It was 12 degrees in Madison Thursday.
“We fanned in Wisconsin,” the couple said.
Their six grown children live in Wisconsin and Alaska.
"We spend the summers in Alaska," Marie said.
The Andersons said they love the RV lifestyle.
“Itsan inexpensive lifestyle,” Del said. “There’s no property taxes to pay, no upkeep and maintenance on a home to worry about and we can be wherever we want to be anytime of the year.”
In fact, winter Texans can live at the Hill Country RV Resort for about $300 a month.
John said he paid $250 a month for his RV space, which includes cable TV. Electricity is about $35 a month and his telephone bill is about $20 mouth.
The resort has two pods, a recreation room, an exercise room and a crafts and wood shop. It has 350 spaces for trailers, fifth wheels, motor homes and park-model RVs.
Another RV couple, Ray and Mary Nowak, left Indiana and spent their first Christmas in New Braunfels in 1999.
Ray, 69, retired as a manager with an RV manufacturing company.
“Indiana is the RV capital of the world,” Ray said. “I had a lot of
See RV'ers, Page 3A